Sums up my feelings just about every day after class this month, thanks to one single guy in there.
Even in my female-dominated profession (counseling), the thoughts and opinions of male psychiatrists and peers are given more credence. And the dismissiveness with which those men treat our thoughts and opinions is palpable. So yeah.
20 years ago, 60 Minutes did a segment on the effect of race in the hiring process. They took the same resumes and put “ethnic” names on one set and “traditional” white names on the second set. In 8/10 instances, employers chose the candidate with the white sounding name. They did the same experiment about 5 years ago just before the 2008 recession hit and had similar results even against names like “Willow” and “Rainbow” - previously frowned upon as “Hippy” names.
And this is why both my girls have gender neutral (read: male) and race neutral (read: white) names.
One of the reasons my name is Christopher, and all my children wear race-neutral names as well. Weaksauce.